It’s easy to get stuck in old habits. But how many of those habits are actually progressing your career?
You clock in, say a few hello’s, do your work and go home only to do it all again tomorrow. Here are the eight habits that separate those who simply do their job from those who stand out.
1. Start the day with a bang.
It’s not enough to simply arrive earlier than others or get there before the boss. If you really want to start the day with a bang and impress, then you’ll need to actually be working from the get go.
Even if you’re just 5 minutes early, it will set a standard that will quickly be noticed. It’s also a great headspace to be in first thing in the morning!
2. Go above and beyond the expectations.
Doing your job is the bare minimum you’re expected to do. If you just doing exactly what you’re told to then, unfortunately, you’re easily replaceable.
What other people can’t do is add the unique touch that only you can offer. Whether you’re a clean freak who loves to organise everything into nice looking folders or you add useful diagrams to projects, your extra effort can make all the difference.
3. Be realistic
Don't make promises you can’t keep. When in doubt communicate your hesitations to your team to avoid setting yourself up for failure.
If you’re unsure about something, ask. It’s far less annoying to be asked a few questions at the beginning of a project than to later find out your employee can’t actually handle the task they said they could.
4. Find your niche.
Everyone has a secret little hobby that they think will never come in handy; video games, cooking, stamp collecting.
When the opportunity presents itself, be the one to put your hand up and offer your expertise. It’s also a great way to start conversations or become memorable within your team.
5. Avoid preaching.
There’s nothing worse than having a co-worker continuously shoving information down your throat that you never asked for.
Just like knowing when to speak up is a skill, so is knowing when to listen. When in doubt wait for others to ask for your help before assuming they can’t handle a task.
6. Become a storyteller.
A human touch can make all the difference when it comes to connecting with others.
Whether it’s how happy a customer was or how it made you feel to help them, stories can go a long way in rallying team morale and create a great work culture. As the old saying goes “people will forget what you said, they’ll forget what you did but they’ll never forget how you made them feel”. Make sure you’re leaving a positive spin when you speak.
There's nothing wrong with being proud of your work but there are certain ways to go about it.
You want to keep a fine balance of acknowledging your hard work and efforts without seeming arrogant.
8. Don’t be restricted by your job title
Just because you have a junior role or an entry level position doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference.
Regardless of what title you have, determine what habits you can work on to make a difference. You’ll quickly find your hard work gets noticed. You may even get transferred into a higher role that more accurately reflects your work ethic.
Moral of the story: Step up and stand out.
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